Science Education

Environmental Video List

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These videos are available for students and professors of UNI and area teachers to check out. They may be previewed in the MSH 160 or sent through campus mail upon request. Please indicate the title desired, as well as specific subtitle or part if applicable. Requests may be made in writing or by telephone at (319) 273-6912.

After the Warming Episode One, Two (55 min) Using a device called the “virtual reality model,” we see possible realities such as flooding. We can also see how actions taken in the 1990’s might slow global warming and change the destiny of Earth. Episode One shows various warming scenarios of the year 2050. What would our future hold if the pessimistic scientists are correct, and if we take no action to slow the greenhouse effect? (55 min.) Episode Two looks back to the 1990s from 2050, and traces various ways that man could respond to the growing environmental crises. We see consequences of increases in air temperature, deforestation, rainfall and shifts in weather patterns. Explores impact of global warming on food supply.

Assessing Our Planet’s Health  (30 min)In this program by Bill Moyers, Letster Brown (published on nuclear power, potential of the bicycle, deforestation, soil erosion etc.) discusses the possible dire effects of global warming and stresses the importance of the world's countries working together toward an environmentally sustainable economic system.

Agriculture and the River: A Current of Change (10:30 mins) Find out what you can do to increase agricultural exports.

Baikal: Blue eye of Siberia (107 min, 2 copies available) Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and contains one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. It is home to 2,600 species, many of them unique. And it is in danger. This program looks at the environmental damage done to Baikal and at what must be done to save it. It also provides an in-depth look at the politics of the campaign underway to save this lake that many consider the soul of the region, a campaign so large that it has drawn attention and support from around the world.

Better Land: Better Water This six part program shows you how to make your land and water better. Parts on how to plug an abandoned well (10’25”), test for soil nitrates (8’15”), plant a tree (9’45”), plant a farmstead windbreak (8’55”), get grasses growing (7’50”) and use filter strips (4’55”).

Bio diversity: Exploring the Web of Life

Blooming Algae Issues Blue-green algae blooms affect the Australian community in a variety off ways. Human and stock health can be badly affected by toxic algae and the costs of developing and maintaining safe water supplies is high. The loss of recreational opportunities, as a result of algae blooms, reduces the quality of life for residents in surrounding areas and has a devastating effect on local businesses that depend on tourism.

Blue Planet: IMAX Experience Space Blue Planet reveals the Earth to us as only three hundred people have ever seen it: from space. Orbiting two hundred miles above Earth’s surface, we can see familiar landforms: the majestic Himalayan Range, giant sand dunes in the Namib desert and the jewel-like islands off the Caribbean. From this unique vantage point we see how natural forces - volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, affect our planet; and how a powerful new force, human beings, have begun to alter the face off the Earth. From the rainforests of the Amazon to the grasslands of the Serengeti, Blue Planet inspired a renewed appreciation of life on Earth - our only home.

The Blue Revolution: An exploration of Our relationship to the Other 70% of Our Planet (26 min, Color) This program charts the birth and development of the weather system called “El Nino,” so-called because it is born at the time Christmas is celebrated. The most severe El Nino on record was first noticed in 1982. In Peru, the fishing waters were 15 degrees above normal and the catch small; Australia had its worst drought in a century, the continent became a giant dust bowl, mini tornadoes sucked away topsoil, in February of 1983 a giant dust storm darkened Melbourne; drought hit India and heavy seas and high tides pounded the Western U.S.; hurricanes battered Polynesia. This program shows the ferocity of El Nino, relates it to the ocean waters, and traces the roots of man’s study of waves, ocean current and the interaction of sea and sky.

Building Blocks of Our World-Chlorine (6 min)

Chernobyl: the Taste of Wormwood (52 min, color) This program provides on-site photography of the blast site and of the areas and people affected - some visibly burned, others only statistically at risk. It interviews victims, bystanders, medical personnel, physicists and politicians. Statisticians have concluded that the Chernobyl accident will cause an additional 20,00 to 200,000 cancer deaths in Western Europe in the next 30 years.

The City and the Environment  This episode focuses on three facets of the urban ecosystem: the underground infrastructure that enables a city to function; traffic and the increasingly compete technologies required to manage it and the trees in the city and the ongoing effort to protect cities. Television’s CONSERVING AMERICA series, reveals that only 1% of America’s rivers are protected by the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Dams, channelization and industrial and urban development pose real problems in keeping our rivers unchanged for future generations. In “The Rivers," you will travel to South Carolina’s Pee Dee, visit Virginia’s Rappahannock, join with school students who adopt streams in Washington state and visit Maine- where people have struggled to keep the wild Penobscot running.

Creating Communities that Work (15:57 min) A video from the Center of excellence for Sustainable Development/U.S. Department of Energy

Earth Keeping: Rocking the Boat: You Can Fight City Hall  (60 min, color) Throughout America, people living in some of the most disenfranchised and powerless communities are “rocking the boat” to bring about environmental change. This program features the stories of residents from small-town Kentucky to coastal Massachusetts who are taking on big business and government in an attempt to protect their communities from environmental disaster. Through the stories of ordinary citizens like Lois Gibbs of Love Canal fame, the program shows that many seemingly disenfranchised communities are proving to be models of how effective environmental coalitions can fight back through community organizing, political and legal action and public education.

Earth Keeping: Mastering the Marketplace (60 min, color) This program examines the real costs of pollution and conservation, separating fact from fiction about “green” marketing and introducing the concept of “life-cycle analysis" of consumer products - revealing potential hazards in processes from manufacture through disposal. The program invites viewers to take an honest look at whether their buying habits really reflect their good intentions.

Earth Keeping: Toxic Racism  (60 min, color) Many experts believe that poor and minority neighborhoods have been victims of “environmental racism," subjected to high levels of toxic waste dumping and industrial pollution because residents were not expected to fight back. This program shows how residents in these unsafe and polluted areas have traded in powerlessness and inertia for the tools necessary to solve environmental crisis themselves. Angry and determined to effect change, these residents are waging a grass roots war against those responsible for the pollution in order to save their environment-and to protect the health of their children.

Energy: The Pulse of Life Part 1 and Part 2 (Part 1 - 27:55 min, Part 2 - 42:44 min, with guide) The video, together with the guide, integrates its material as much as possible into the standard provincial curriculums sin geography and other subjects. Energy Choices presents its material to students in a creative and artful way. Many of the concepts are illustrated by humorous animation and entertaining archival footage. Best of all from their point of view, it features some of their favorite Canadian pop groups, Moxy Früvous, who contribute four original and amusing songs that help to summarize and reinforce the information in the video. This video brings to life, for Canadian junior and senior high students, (also Americans) important issues related to our energy intensive way of life.

Environmental Illness: Bad Chemistry Perfumes, aerosols, plastic on television sets - for some people, these everyday chemicals may create health problems ranging from headaches to loss of consciousness. This program examines the medical and political dimensions of El (environmental illness) - the controversial and mysterious condition whose victims cannot tolerate common chemicals of modern life. Doctors specializing in El believe the condition may result from damage to the immune system, but other physicians do “cult practitioners." The dispute has given rise to wide-ranging political action and heated in-fighting in the medical profession.

The Fragile Planet: Alterations in the Atmosphere (18 min) The troposphere—the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere, the region of weather—is showing the effects of man-made pollution in alterations in climatic patterns. The giant Rhone glacier has shrunk dramatically in the last century; data received from every part of the globe documents the rise in temperature. The program examines the role of rising levels of CO2 and of methane, as well as of nitrous oxide and CFCs, in raising temperature.

The Fragile Planet: Assault on the Ozone Layer  (18 min, color) Industrial among over the ice fields of Alaska. A growing hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. CFCs released in Japan spreading across the Pacific in two weeks, across the Northern hemisphere in four, below the equator in six, to the South Pole in ten. Destruction of the ozone layer affects the entire globe, regardless of who causes it, where or why. This program shows how its depletion is stunting, mutating and destroying life.

The Fragile Planet: Drought and Flood: Two Faces of One Coin (18 min, color) The predicted effects of global warming may appear to be paradoxical, but they are actually completely logical-and devastating. On one hand, hotter air will strip soil of moisture, causing soil erosion, drought and famine, decreasing the size of arable areas and increasing the number of warm-weather, crop-eating insects. The resulting aridity will affect continental land masses most severely-the Midwest plains will be devastated, with a 30% to 60% reduction in crop yield. As the temperature of the oceans increases, rising air reaching the colder air above will cause massive storms, while polar ice and snow field ice will melt, raising sea levels. This in turn will cause worldwide flooding, submerging low-lying areas and many coastal cities under a meter or more of water.

The Fragile Planet: The Effects of Water Pollution  (19 min, color) In the great seal disaster of spring 1988, thousands of dead and dying seals were found in the North Sea- suddenly, unexpectedly and without immediate explanation. The primary cause of death turned out to be a virus; seals fell prey because North Sea pollution had over-wheeled their immune systems. The lesson of the seals extends beyond this disaster to the realization that any pollutant introduced into the water enters the food chain and can ultimately affect all life on Earth.

The Fragile Planet: PCB’s in the Food Chain (18 min, color) This program shows how the effects of marine pollution move through the food chain, as the tiniest plankton absorb poisons pass them the chain, poisoning those that feed on them. Dolphin blubber shows traces of PCBs in concentrations 100,000 times greater than the seas in which the dolphins live, because the pollutants are long-lived and accumulate in body tissue.

The Fragile Planet: Poisonous Currents of Air and Sea (18 min, color) When the Great Lakes began to be the run-off for the industrial waste of Midwestern America, naturalists began to notice changes in the reproductive patterns of fish-eating birds in the area. Fewer eggs were laid and fewer eggs hatched. Bird fetuses showed deformities. Birds which hatched, soon died. The principal culprits were PCBs, but the lesson here—as with the seals that succumbed to a deadly virus in the North Sea—is that the cause of the problem is not necessarily a single chemical, or a potentiating combination of chemicals, but the gradual accretion of poisonous substances. As the program demonstrates, this is not a regional or a national problem alone, for poisons released anywhere on Earth soon spread, through wind and water, to all parts of the globe.

Fresh Water Stream Watch The NSW Government

Fuel-Less: You Can’t Be Cool Without Fuel  (16:17 min) American Petroleum Institute1996

Grand Traverse Watershed Initiative: Day by Day, Caring For Our Bay   (10:44 min, color) This video explains the journey of water as it moves through a watershed and our journey as a community as we strive on a day to day basis to protect Northern Michigan’s precious resource, the wetlands, the creeks, the rivers and the Great Traverse Bay. The beauty of The Great Traverse Bay is an example of a watershed and helps to provide understanding and the care we need to take with our water as a resource. 1/31/95

Grand Traverse Watershed Initiative Great Lakes Alive: The Great Experiment  (60 min, color) Research has found at least 600 measurable chemicals in our bodies that weren’t present in anyone before the 1930s. This program looks at the effects of toxic chemicals on the Great Lakes basin and explains how contaminants move through the food chain and are ultimately consumed by human beings. The program looks at the populations most at risk and examines current research in areas such as childhood learning disabilities and reproduction problems that could have far-reaching ramifications for society.

Great Lakes Alive: Restoring the Balance (60 min, color) Once a unique ecosystem, the Great Lakes are now home to many exotic species such as the zebra mussel and the European ruffle. The U.S. and Canada, which share one of the world’s largest freshwater fisheries, must now balance their needs with those of the latest invader species.

Great Lakes Alive: To the Last Drop (60 min, color) The Great Lakes are the largest freshwater body in the world. This program explains how the United States and Canada plan to protect their future water security from a burgeoning population and a warming climate.

Green Means Two parts consisting of 18 programs, between 5-7 minutes each, all on one tape.

The Heat is on: The effects of Global Warming   (26 min, color) Scientists explain the effects of global heat trap: a rise in extreme weather systems, droughts, floods, forest fires; the disappearance of animal species; the movement of forests northward and epidemics resulting from climate change. The program makes it very clear the major irreversible effects may be no more than twenty years away.

Hole in the Sky: The Ozone Layer   (52 min, color) This hard-hitting global documentary examines the alarming depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. With each new analysis of data, the news becomes more alarming- the hole is larger and growing more rapidly than had been projected. Now it is not only the poles and the Northern hemisphere that are having to deal with sharply decreased protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays-a significant and frightening drop of 10% has already been recorded at the Equator.

How Serious is Global Warming? In Our Hands - Beyond the Earth Summit "In Our Hands" exposes the depth and complexity of issues facing our future on the planet. Enter a planetary state of mind through this powerful and compelling documentary. Go beyond the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as you share the concerns of women, youth and indigenous people who gathered at the alternative global forum to hammer out low-tech common sense solutions to our ongoing environmental and social problems.

Introduction to Our Global Environment  (12 min) This video offers high school students—and teachers new to environmental education—an excellent introduction to global change. It also suggests actions to insure environmental sustainability over the long term. Following brief overviews of the interrelated problems of climate change, bio-diversity loss, pollution, rapid population growth and over consumption, this program suggests some of the social, political, economic and personal changes needed to make headway against them.

Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment  (27 min) This inspirational video calls on all Americans to sere as good stewards of the natural world. Prominent scientists and religious leaders offer their perspectives on the need to protect our environment and the diverse species that share it.

Learning to Live in a World of Plenty

Learning to Live in a World of Scarcity

Listening to America: Politics, People and Pollution This program with Bill Moyers explores the delicate balance between corporate productivity and environmental responsibility, looking at the growing number of representatives and grassroots environmentalists who examine corporate America’s willingness to protect the public’s health and safety. The program travels to a rural Louisiana area, known as “Cancer Alley,” where we meet citizens struggling to get the chemical industry to operate in a responsible manner.

Listening to America: The Politics of Tress (60 min, color) This program with Bill Moyers looks at the ongoing debate on how we manage the rapidly disappearing old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Is the timber industry pressuring the forest service to cut tress in violation of environmental laws? Are environmentalists hurting the economy of the Pacific Northwest? What affect has over-cutting on private land during the 1980s had on our environment? Featured in the program are: environmentalist, politicians and industry representatives who debate these issues.

Making a World of Difference Man and the Biosphere: The Desert as a Laboratory This program shows two examples of deserts that are being used as research models in the effort to understand the role of man in the ecosystem of the desert. In northern Mexico, the Mapimi exemplifies successful intervention by ecologists. Its mines abandoned and its populations departed for the cities, the Mapimi has made it possible to study the best methods of irrigation, the disposition of salt in irrigation water and the introduction of optimum crops where irrigation is possible and of strictly quantified grazing elsewhere. The second project, between Lake Turkana and Mount Marsabe in northern Kenya, seeks to control the gradual desertification of the area due to overgrazing and over cutting of wood.

Man and the Biosphere: The Tropical Rainforest (28 min, color) Most forests are in the tropics, on either side of the equator. Temperatures are high and rainfall is heavy and not seasonal. This program looks at the ecosystem of the rain forest- the height of the trees and the adaptation of leaves to heavy rainfall; the richness and variety of plant and animal life; the role of lianes, epiphytes, bromeliads and carnivorous plants; the ecological roles of marsupials and monkeys, birds and mammals, herbivores and carnivores and the unique insect life.

Making a World of Difference  (10 min)

Meeting the Challenge: The Black Hawk Co, Solid Waste Management Commission

The Mighty Mississippi: A Balance of Integrity (21 min)

The Moon’s Prayer Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (2 copies)

Nature’s Serenade, The Four Seasons, Vivaldi   (46 min) Savor the seasons...spring, summer, autumn and winter. Revel in the changes they bring to the spectacular natural world of America’s national parks. Enjoy it all through magical film footage set to the zesty musical spice masterpiece, "The Four Seasons." Scenes of the seasons set to the music of Vivaldi.

Nova: Mystery of the Senses Here are five videos that help explain the mystery of the senses. Inspired by the bestseller, A Natural History of the Senses by poet, author, adventurer and sensory epicure Diane Acherman, "Mystery of the Senses" is a vivid bland of science and imagery, literature and folklore, history and personal adventure. In five, one-hour programs, this special NOVA miniseries celebrates each of the five senses—hearing, smell, taste, touch and vision— through Ackerman’s unique perspective.

Vision "Vision" explores our most magical sense and the elusive truths that both art and science reveal about sight. From Native American petroglyphs and the artwork of Roy Liechtenstein and M.C. Escher, to that latest 3-D views off the living human brain, images are a prodigious medium of communication. The intricate neural pathways that process images are evident when Ackerman submits to a “PET” scan, demonstrating how she uses the same visual circuits to see an object as to imagine it. No wonder dreams can seem so frighteningly real! “Forming an image does you no biological good,” argues neuroscientist, Margaret Livingstone (Harvard Medical School). “That’s not perception. Perception is extracting meaning from the image.” As a finale, Ackerman tours a newly created museum tucked away in Franc’s Loire Valley. This unusual institution delivers an amusing and dramatic exhibition of an art designed to engage all the senses.

Touch  "Touch" looks at our most sensual sense - the one that, arguable, gives the greatest and most profound pleasure. Massage is one of the most intense forms of touch and it highlights the beneficial effects of the tactile sense. For asthmatics, a therapeutic massage can restore breathing. For premature infants confined to the isolation of an incubator, regular massages are a potent substitute for a mother’s touch, since massaged babies gain weight almost 50 percent faster than those who lack such contact. For Ackerman, fresh from a soothing mud bath, the touch of a masseuse is like a “caravan of sensations in this ocean of calm.” Touch is also an inexhaustible medium of communication, from the molding of artistic forms by potters and sculptors to the fleeting social touches of casual acquaintances, to the prolonged caresses of intimate couples.

Taste  "Taste" travels around the world to explore the variety of taste sensations that humans have concocted to enhance our daily requirement of calories. Ackerman leads viewers through some exotic feasts: lobsters prepared at Maison de Brocourt, a two-star restaurant striving for its third star and the distinction of serving some of the finest food in France; the elaborate traditional meal shared with departed loved ones during the Day of the Dead in Mexico and street food dished up at one of the hungriest intersections in Manhattan. Each of these meals is a blend of just of our tastes - sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Each taste, we learn, was inherited from our distant ancestors as a means of distinguishing potential poisons in the world or for finding nourishment.

Smell In "Smell," exotic smells virtually waft through your screen as Ackerman visits one of the world’s largest creators of perfumes, where master “nose,” (as perfume designers are known) Sophia Grojsman, is mixing a new scent from hundreds of bottles in her lab. What makes a successful scent? It is instructive to watch the “nose” at work as she blends smells characterized as “top notes,” “middle notes” and “bottom notes.” These correspond to increasingly more complex molecules that take longer and longer to evaporate on the skin. Ideally, the bottom note is a desire-inducing emanation that hits the nose after more fragrant top and middle notes have piqued the olfactory interest. Ackerman ventures outside the perfumer’s lab to sample a huge spectrum of smells, from frankincense and truffles, to sweaty athletes and worse.

Hearing  "Hearing" travels from the Arctic Circle to the forest of New Zealand to explore some of the ways was make use of sound. In the sublime quiet of northern Greenland, indigenous people hunt seals with the help of faint sounds from beneath the ice. Unaccountably, these Eskimo hunters are also losing their hearing - a mystery that confronts a visiting research scientist. In New Zealand, the Maori people have woven music, song and chant into virtually every aspect of their daily and spiritually lives. In the West, music is used largely for entertainment, but among the Maori it is used in warfare, storytelling, religion, sports and virtually every other sphere of life. "Hearing" explores what it is like to hear again after decades of deafness, as it follows Michelle Smithdas of the Helen Keller National Center, undergoing a cochlear implant to restore hearing.

On the Wings of the Wind   (14:36 min) The American bald eagle, once on the verge of extinction, has made a remarkable comeback. “On the Wings of the Wind,” documents the bald eagles’ annual winter gathering along inland waterways in the Midwest. This program focuses on the importance of night roosting sites and protection of habitat so vital to eagles. An excellent presentation of the relationship between species survival and habitat protection.

Our Fragile World: The Rain Forests of Costa Rica (15 min) The jungles of Costa Rica are home to an incredibly diverse family of plants, insects and animals that owe their existence to almost daily rainfalls. This production looks at two groups of ants that live there—the army ants and the leaf-cutter ants—and how each group has evolved a symbiotic relationship with the forest.

Our Precious Groundwater: A Celebration (13:44 min)

Our Biosphere the Earth in Our Hands (45 min, color) Scientists at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History have created living models of Earth’s delicate and diverse ecosystems. Robert Redford takes you on a tour of these ecological models and revolutionary Biosphere II in the Arizona desert an experiment in which 8 men and women live for two years in a sealed 2 1/2 acre glass dome. Learn how these living models unlock the mysteries of our fragile planet and how their continued success is vital to recreating life on other planets.

Phil Less Acres (8 min) This video takes a look at landfills and recycling. The differences on what should go where and what can be recycled. It also shows the operations and make up of a landfill.

Planning for Fun and Success!   Observe youth testing water quality from the Colorado river to a frozen Wisconsin lake. See how fishing programs work proactively to address drug and alcohol problems and find out how a wetland education program attracts youth and their families to revisit the wetland located in their own community. Divided into 4 training modules, this video accompanies a workshop guideline for use in program leader workshops. For best results, use the video along with two guides in the Education Young People About Water series.

Population - How Much is Enough?

The Private Universe Project This is the work of the Department of Science Education of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The videos include discussions between teachers and professors throughout the nation on ideas in science and science teaching.

Video #1 “Eliciting Students Ideas," What causes the seasons?, Evaluating teaching lessons

Video #2 “Why are Some Ideas So Difficult?," Develop and build curriculum for difficult ideas. Programs to make science teaching more effective, text and curriculum designers.

Video #3 “Hands on/Minds on Learning," Why hands on means also minds on, two more effective ways of learning, Target - Teacher Educators

Video #4 “A House with No Foundation;" Compare students of different ages and look at them as they try to process abstract ideas in science.

Video #5 “Can We Believe Our Own Eye;" How students develop their own ideas from things outside the classroom and how the things we see are not always what we believe, what teachers can and should do about these ideas.

Video #6 “Where Should We Start?” Ask a teacher to make a curriculum and take in account students’ ideas. 

Video #7 “Taking a Risk;" Meet an experienced teacher, who after many years of teaching traditional practices, transforms the classroom in a very dramatic way to focus on the very nature of science.

Video #8 “Finding Solutions That Work;" Reexamine some of the ideas from previous teleconferences and how they can be incorporated into your teaching. Also called “Putting together the Pieces.”

Video #9 “Sound is Low;" How ideas might be incorporated into teaching. Think about science problems and possible solutions.

Additional Video This video contains recordings from 10/13/94 and 10/20/94.

Protectors of the Earth

Putting Aside Pesticides (26 min) This program probes the long-term effects of pesticides on the insects they are supposed to control, on the farmers who use them and on the consumers who eat food with pesticide residues and drink water containing those same pesticides. It also reports that 99% of pesticides released into the environment miss their targets and go instead into the surrounding air, water and soil.

Pyramid Power (Dr. Kid)

Radioactive Waste Disposal: The 10,000 Year Test (50 min, color) It would seem impossible to predict 10,000 years into the future, but that is what American law demands, requiring that scientists prove that wherever the nation’s lethal high-level nuclear waste is buried, it will be safe-guaranteed to cause no more than a thousand deaths in 10,000 years. This program investigates current research in the middle of the Nevada desert where the nuclear dump is to be located, with scientists creating computer simulations that take into consideration rocks, weather, ground water behavior and human activity.

Ready for Harvest: Clear cutting in the Southern Appalachians This video explores the complex questions of how we use and protect our native forests. The documentary looks at forest issues through the experiences of the Western North Carolina Alliance. Like grassroots groups throughout the country, the Alliance has had to wrestle with policies established by the U.S. Forest Service that run counter to conservation practices and which discourage public participation in decisions about how public property is used.

Real Volcanoes (30 min) Feel the fierce, fiery heat as you get up close and personal with red-hot molten rock, gases, lava, steam and ashes. Journey to one of the tallest volcanoes in the world at Kilauea in the Hawaiian Island.

Restoring America’s Streams Explains the effects of streambank erosion and shows how to restore stream habitat. Citizens, government agencies, businesses, farmers and others can become stewards for America’s waterways by restoring a stream in their community. Learn how you can be a stream doctor and help restore a stream today.

The Renaissance: The Origins of the Modern World (The Scientist)   (55 min, color) During the Middle Ages, university professors, practical artisans and religious leaders offered distinct answers to the question of how nature works. During the Renaissance, these answers lost their force as a new kind of investigator—whom we call the scientist—was born, along with new ways of looking at the world. This presentation examines the lives and often controversial work of various scientist including Paracelsus, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal and Newton.

A Return to Our River  (Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation)

The Return of the Salmon: Restoring the Fish to Rivers and Watersheds (30 min, color)  Salmon are the soul of the Pacific Northwest. In their return upriver to spawn, they are the symbol of the life force of this region. However, today many runs of once numerous salmon and sea-run trout face a desperate battle with extinction. Without them, the Northwest’s identity-and a good measure of the joy of living here-will fade. The Return of the Salmon tells the grassroots story of the struggle and hope of keeping a natural legacy alive.

Return to the Sea Features the astounding underwater cinematography of series how Bill Lovin from his 24 years of work around the globe. The series show people from all walks of life exploring the ocean environment. Thirteen 30-minute programs, total of four tapes.

Save Clear Lake

Science Interactions Promo Video 1995

Science 2000

Secret of the Rain Forest: The Tree Canopy (51 min) Sun-deprived, nutrient-poor, the soil of the tropical rain forest contributes little to its lush growth. Conversely, ongoing symbiotic relationships among plants and animals high in the forest’s tree canopy all but ensure its survival. In this program, teams of biologists unlock the secret of the canopy by revealing the activities that occur there and their importance to the rain forest’s ecosystem.

Simple Things You Can Do To Save Energy In Your School  (15 min, grades 3-6) When it comes to using energy wisely, the more that are motivated, the better. Which is why schools will love this kids-eye-view video. Join Mr. Musak as he “enlightens” kids about the benefits of efficient lighting and Nurse Comfort as she “finds the cure” for drafty windows. This video shows kids oodles of no-cost and low-cost ways to help their school stay smart about energy.

Simple Things You Can Do To Save Energy: The Power is Your Hands   (15 min, grades 3-6) This video follows the adventures of 12-year old Sarah, as she takes viewers on a tour through an unusual home which gives kids lots of low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy.

Sixty Minutes to Meltdown, Nova

Solutions - America’s Highways (3:59 min) World News Tonight, ABC - TV (Network) February 11, 1997 - 6:30 - 7:00 P.M. Occupying the book Solutions - America’s Highways.

Spaceship Earth (Ten 30-minute programs, on three tapes) This remarkable series takes a satellite’s eye view of the Earth, providing a unified look at the rich variety and interdependency of life and land in our planet. Extensive use is made of Earth monitoring technologies, including satellite imaging, remote sensing, sonar and lasers. Featuring footage shoot in Australia, Bolivia, France, Italy, Japan, Java, Kenya, UK, USA, USSR, the series provides an overview of global geography and explores the following topics in depth; population, the earth’s crust, world markets, weather, seas and oceans, rivers, forests, food and Earth’s inhabitants - “the watchkeepers” - those responsible for its well-being.

Spaceship Earth, Worldlink Our Global Environment is a thought-provoking, half-hour video magazine designed to inform, inspire and motivate. Hosted entirely by young people, the contemporary program travels around the world to explore three primary environmental issues: deforestation, global warming and ozone depletion.

The Story of Climate, Weather, and People

Strip-mining: E.E.E.

“Takings” Issue Agricultural use to environmental regulations with Sally Taylor/lawyer and Sierra Club member and Christine Gault/Iowa Farm Bureau

There Once Was a River and Missouri

TIME: Man of the Year 1988   (30 min) Time has dedicated the man of the year to not a human but to the planet Earth. 1988 was the year of awareness for the environment. Details what events lead to our actions toward the conservation of the Earth and environmental problems.

Tomorrow’s Energy Today & Tomorrow’s Energy Today: The Energy Efficiency Option (2 parts, 23 min & 26 min) "Tomorrow’s Energy Today" showcases exciting, new energy options that were once considered futuristic but, in fact, are in use today. Other renewable energy options featured use the sun to neutralize hazardous wastes, to formulate materials or to simply provide indoor lighting. The video also highlights the use for corn and other plants to produce ethanol - a reliable alternative transportation fuel. The Energy Efficiency Option shows you how using more efficient lighting, improved wall insulation and windows that insulate as well as walls dramatically reduces energy use. The video also highlights new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and vehicles that run on electricity or a combination of fuels.

Trees in Any Language: Closed Caption Version

Tributaries (20 min) This film features short topical items about the Murray-Dariling Basin and the management of its natural resources. It includes news items, information spots, updates and stories of community involvement and interstate co-operation in natural resources management. We also talk with individuals who have contributed significantly to the management and awareness of various parts of the Basin.

The Unique Continent (13 30-minute programs) Australian Environmental Studies. This series gives your students an overall picture of Australia’s origins, its present environmental state and it predicted future. The series looks at what makes Australia so unique, as it is the flattest continent, the driest continent, the least fertile, the most fire prone, the least densely populated and the most recent to have experienced the impact of large scale agriculture and industry. Excellent for: Environmental Studies, Geography courses, a Geology course and anthropology.

Utilizing Crop Residues for Energy A Video from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

Waste Disposal (23 min) Household waste can cause pollution of all kinds, but more and more these wastes can be recycled effectively and economically. The result is reduced pollution and a useful new source of raw materials and energy. Hospital waste disposal presents the additional problems of contaminated waste, which is a series of problems depending on the nature of the waste: contaminated blood waster, for example, requires different treatment from radioactive waste. Finally, there is animal waste, which is natural enough but nevertheless can be the cause of pollution if it is not properly treated. The program also shows how pig waste is treated.

We Call Them Last Great Places   Presents a brief history of the Nature Conservancy. It traces the evolution of the conservancy’s work from our first land purchase to the creation of the bio-reserve approach to conservation.

Web of Life, Exploring Bio-diversity This program celebrates life on Earth through the eyes of experts and laymen. As we enter a new age of exploration, unimagined number of species are being uncovered every day. The program travels around the world to explore the connections between all living things on Earth. Segments covered: Tropical Adventure, Capturing Kangaroo Rats, Fungi, Tracking the Sounds of diversity, Songbirds in the Night, Why Are We Losing Biodiversity?, Ancient Music, Threatened Cultures, Techno-sapiens, Old Growth Forest Search, Wildflowers, Diversity, an Drought, biological Reconnaissance, Wildlands and Local Solutions.

A World Alive (25 min) Profiles the myriad creatures of the planet, their activities and interactions. Its dramatic musical score and powerful narration are blended with some off the most spectacular wildlife footage ever assembled. Learn through its entertainment.

World Population (7 min) Presents a graphic simulation of human population growth. Depicts actual population growth from 1 A.D. to the present and projects future growth to the year 2020.

The World of Survival- Madagascar

Gardening and How to Grow Healthy Houseplants

Yellowstone Aflame (30 min, color) In this program you will see Yellowstone before, during and after the Great Yellowstone extreme conditions that set the stage for the burning of Yellowstone and explores the important ecological changes in the park, including effects on wildlife.

Yellowstone Fire, Nova Program